Any place that serves mud crab omelettes and fresh coconuts for breakfast is my kind of island home. Located in the incredible Mamanucas – an archipelago made up of around 20 islands – Likuliku Lagoon Resort is an exclusive five-star adults-only resort that’s a two-hour boat ride from the mainland of Fiji.
Home to Fiji’s only over-water bungalows, the property is a regular on best resort lists and for good reason. While it’s super luxurious, its traditional architecture and friendly staff give it a homely vibe. Drop into the resorts fine dining restaurant or world-class spa and you’ll get more than just what’s on the menu. The Fijian’s are warm natured people and their positive energy really made our stay on Likuliku Lagoon Resort a memorable one. Spend a few moments chatting to your waiter or to your masseuse and discover their beautiful perspective on island life where family and community are at the core of everything.
The resort is owned by a Fijian family who also own Malolo Island Resort – a sister property on the other side of the island that’s geared towards families. At the head of the family is Rosie – the woman who started it all. While her family now own the resorts, she’s the legend behind Rosie Holidays – a multi-million dollar travel business that’s synonymous with travel in Fiji.
Along with the people and rich family history, there are a bunch of other special touches that make this luxury resort stand out. Every room has a jar of homemade chocolate chip cookies that gets restocked daily. These cookies are beyond delicious and incredibly addictive – I smashed four in a row and I’m not even a cookie person. So epic is the cookie, that the resort has had to put the recipe on their Facebook page. They also have their own organic hydroponics farm where they grow their own vegetables, herbs and local fruits to use in the kitchen.
We stayed in a ridiculously amazing beachfront bungalow that had uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean, its own plunge pool, sun-filled day bed, and secluded outdoor shower. During our stay we shot a BIKINI LOVE feature and used the resort as a base to explore the rest of the Mamanucas where went island hopping on jet skis and hit up Cloudbreak at sunrise.
How to get there:
Located only 25km (16 miles) from Nadi International Airport, Likuliku Lagoon Resort can be reached by fast catamaran, private speedboat, seaplane or helicopter – direct to the resort’s own helipad. Details here.
We stayed at Likuliku Lagoon Resort as guests of Fiji Airways. Rooms start from AU$1,000 a night for a garden bungalow and are around AU$1,700 a night for the over-water digs. Prices include three delicious meals each day at the fine dining alfresco restaurant. Details here.
Photography by Michaela Skovranova and myself.